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Jimmie Johnson's second career Daytona 500 victory comes in his 400th start on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The win also marked Hendrick Motorsports seventh win in the Daytona 500.
With a stout car in the early going and a couple of two-tire calls, Earnhardt advanced through the field, ultimately finishing eighth. If he's to be a contender for the championship, however, Earnhardt knows he must do better.
The 44th of 45 drivers to make a qualifying attempt in Friday's time trials, Dale Earnhardt Jr. toured the .75-mile speedway in 21.526 seconds (127.023 mph) to claim his first Coors Light pole award of the season, his first at Richmond and the 11th of his career.
With the close quarters of Bristol Motor Speedway the sight on Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski's war of words makes for some potentially intersting viewing.
Mark Martin's car missed the outside pit road wall and the barrels protecting it and slid rapidly toward Kasey Kahne's pit stall, just beyond an opening to the garage. Nicking the wall before the opening, Martin's car turned and slammed into the unprotected end of the wall near Kahne's pit.
Jimmie Johnson matched Jeff Gordon with four Brickyard 400 victories in the events 19-year history while Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s fourth place finish moved him atop the points standings on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Pulling away from defending series champion Tony Stewart at the end of the final 60-lap green-flag run, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway by a dominating 5.393 seconds to end a drought of 143 races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had one of the strongest cars in two practices sessions held Friday evening in preparation for the 33rd Annual Budweiser Shootout being held at Daytona International Speedway tonight.
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